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Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him. She leaves him an iPod with the country blues song ‘Creole Belle’ on it; then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie, and goes in search of her sister…

©2012 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon and Schuster

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  • Eoin
  • Kilcullen, Ireland
  • 08-18-12

Another winnder from Burke & Patton

Many people, even fans, would suggest that Burke too often rips off himself. This is evident here, but he is such a masterful writer of character and dialogue that, despite the recurring themes, I didn't want to stop listenting; particularly in the second half.

Patton's narration, as always, makes it compulsive listening. If you've never listened to/read Burke, maybe choose something else (his previous one, Feast Day of Fools, although a sequel, is an amazing book - it can be read stand-alone with no problems).

This volume adds strongly to Burke's canon, without introducing something especially new. Absolutely a must for fans at least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Sydney
  • 01-12-13

Will Patton brings vivid life to this story

If you could sum up Creole Belle in three words, what would they be?

engrossing, exciting and funny

What did you like best about this story?

Dialogue and the narrator who made the characters, especially the villans so edgy and often funny

Which scene was your favorite?

when the protagonist confronts the albino

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

Any additional comments?

Will Patton turns a good book into something the Cohen brothers might make into a film

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Another winner for James Lee Burke

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend it but I agree with the previous reviewer who stated Burke "often rips himself off". It is the reason I have given the story 3 stars.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was appropriate.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

It has to be Clete Purcel. Having said that, Will Patton's narration is (as always!) excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was no particular moment but I find Burke's description of Louisiana's natural beauty, the bayous and the Gulf very moving.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and will continue to follow James Lee Burke's books...especially if they are narrated by Will Patton.

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 07-28-12

Back to old wonderful greatness

I wasn't wild about Glass Rainbow - the last James Lee Burke (especially the - gulp! - ending), but in Creole Belle, he's found the sweet spot again. Beautiful language and imagery, all told in Will Patton's honeyed, southern voice. Excellent!

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  • Keith
  • 12-08-13

Very enjoyable listen

Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second James Lee Burke I have read and was not disappointed. I loved the characters and the story keeps you hooked. This would be in my to 20 audio books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clete is my favourite character. He has had a hard life but still fills it with action and has such a big heart.

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  • John L.Tapper
  • 04-10-13

Thorough enjoyment

I read my first James Lee Burke book seven years ago and this afternoon I finished listening to Creole Belle. I have enjoyed every moment of this Detective Dave Robicheaux story. Like all the others it contains plenty of action, tremendous descriptive passages,actual facts involving the area around New Orleans and the central characters who become so well known to the reader. As Clete, Dave's special friend, would say "Creole Belle is, like all the others, "copacetic".

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  • Mr. Geoffrey Barker
  • 12-24-12

America's greatest crime writer---gets even better

Creole Belle, what to say other than the perfectly written crime caper with everything from the finest characterisations of Dave,Cletus and a cast of criminals you can not only hear but see, to a story line that covers everything from long lost children turned by time and surroundings to adversaries , to

the horrors of the Gestapo death camps and the ultimate despoiling of James Lee Burke's beloved Louisiana.by greed and evil. This author has always been my favourite, how does he continue to get better.?

A story that grips you from the very first paragraph to the last sentance.

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  • Farniboy
  • 07-07-14

Robicheaux and Purcell take on the world.

What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

Will Patton's reading is the stand out reason that this production is so good. Each character is easily recognizable and his world weary reading of Dave Robicheaux is a treat!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Creole Belle?

The final shoot out, was a very tense affair.

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

You always have a characters voice in your head as you read and Will Patton's voice seems (to me) to be spot on. I'm not American but Patton's accents seem to be the real deal. He his a name that will make me choose a book, if I see he's the narrator I'll seriously consider the purchase. Is work with Stephen King as been spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In times when we're finding out that the great and the good are neither, its good to have a brave, noble and honourable man lake Dave Robicheaux to root for.

Any additional comments?

Its been awhile since I've read James Lee Burke but he's a writer that I'll be glad to refamiliarize myself with, through my Audible membership.

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 01-03-13

Beautifully crafted

A superbly written novel with some beautiful descriptive passages. If Lee Burke wrote in a more 'literary' genre he could have received more acclaim than he has.



The narration is very good and the voice and characterisation suit the location of the book very well.



Pretty decent story too!

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  • D. Allen
  • 12-23-12

Didn't want it to end.

JLB has once again painted a vivid picture of cajun life in the deep south. Dave Robicheaux, recovering from the incidents from the end of "Glass Rainbow" (another worthwhile listen), works through a missing person case, though just as every other case there's much more than meets the eye. This is a hefty book, 3 download parts and more than 18 hours of listening, but that should not be in any way off-putting, - quite the opposite. Will Patten's vocal skill (Audie winner) helps to bring the richness alive. An excellent partnership.

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  • Lynn
  • 10-27-12

Beautifully written, fabulous narration.

James Lee Burke writes so evocatively you can smell the Bayou and the rain. Great story, that for me is best told by this narrator who clearly knows the rhythms of Louisiana and the cadence of the language. His voice is perfect for describing the tradegies of the State and what appears to be a kind of endless decay and moral decline. But with Dave Robicheaux and Cleet Purcell on the job there is always hope for a better future!! Loved it.

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  • TonyLogie
  • 12-04-17

Great story but....

the author is such a windbag! Too much detailed description and introspection much of which is unbelievable.

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  • Mc Pits
  • 08-26-16

great story telling

great narrators voice. a bit too long. evil plotting after oil spillage in deep south.

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  • dave
  • 12-09-16

Creole Belle - James Lee Burke

Dark, violent & disturbing at times but another excellent tale with Dave Robicheaux the former alcoholic copper with the morals and ethics of a saint.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful